This Week in Reston

This Week in Reston

News in Brief

<sh>Oxycontin Robber Arrested

<bt>Fairfax County Police arrested Steven Patrick Shealy, 36, of Fairfax, after police say he took Oxycontin, a prescription drug, from the Target store at 12197 Sunset Hills Road in Reston. At about 11:45 a.m., according to police, Shealy entered the store and walked to the pharmacy. He went behind the counter, police say, approached a Reston woman, 25, employed as a cashier. Shealy demanded to know where the Oxycontin was kept then approached a Bristow woman, 31, employed as a pharmacist at the store. Shealy stated he had a gun, according to police, then took a large quantity of the drug and attempted to flee the store. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau and officers from the Reston District Station were conducting a stakeout at the store due to a similar robbery on Jan. 27. Shealy was taken into custody as he exited the store. No one was injured. Shealy was transported to the Adult Detention Center and charged with two counts of robbery. He was held without bond. Shealy was also wanted by the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for three counts of prescription fraud.

<sh>Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested

<bt>Last Tuesday Fairfax County Police obtained a warrant for Roger E. Tillett, 34, of no fixed address, charging him with attempted robbery. Police say Tillet attempted to rob the Bank of America, located at 11303 Sunset Hills Road, in Reston that same Tuesday, May 7. On that day Tillett approached a teller and demanded cash, but the teller did not relinquish any money and Tillett fled the band, according to police. A joint investigation by the FBI and the Fairfax County Police Department identified Tillett as a suspect. FBI agents located Tillett in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, where he was taken into custody without incident. Tillett is being held in D.C. as a fugitive. He is suspected of several other robberies and further charges are pending.

<sh>Rabies Alert

<bt>In the 2400 block of Ridge Hampton Court in Reston, about 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, a pitbull killed a skunk that tested positive for the rabies virus. The skunk was removed by Animal Control and the dog, "Badger", already vaccinated against rabies, was quarantined for 90 days.

<sh>Students Head to World Championships

<bt>One of the Forest Edge Elementary Odyssey of the Mind teams has won a berth at the 2002 World Championship competition. The six-student "It's a Snap" team built a balsa wood structure that weighed close to 15 grams, was approximately eight inches high, and had four interlocking parts. The structure held 377 pounds of weight and received an additional 50 points for having a fourth part when only three were required. Their final score of 427 points was the highest score achieved at the state level for Division I (elementary school grades three to five) in this category.

Atul Kapoor and Natasha Marwaha coached the team.

The World Championships are being held this year in Boulder, Colo. Teams from Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Siberia, Singapore, United Kingdom, West Africa, and almost every state in the U.S. will be competing.

The Forest Edge team is currently raising funds to help pay for expenses associated with their trip to the competition. The team's goal is to raise enough money to send all six students, their coaches and two judges to the championship. The estimated cost is between $7,000 and $8,000. To date the team has raised $3,500. If members of the public would like to make a donation, they may write a check payable to the Forest Edge PTA, Memo: OM Fund and send it to Forest Edge Elementary School, 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston, VA 20190. In return the PTA will provide the necessary paperwork for a qualified taxable charitable donation.